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Here are some books or e-books that our readers thought were worth reading. Along with taking classes, books are a great way to jump start your creativity and learn new techniques!

I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up

I'd Listen to My Parents If They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens, by Anthony Wolf, is one of the funniest books I've read in a while. Sort of. If you don't have kids, or they are younger, you would read this book, and think- "What is she talking about? Those kids he talks about are brats, and that is so NOT funny!" If you have kids that are grown, you will chuckle more than once as this book will bring back memories that you can look back and laugh at, now that you are through the bad times (hopefully).

Acrylic Solutions Exploring Mixed Media

Acrylic Solutions-Exploring Mixed Media by Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard is a beautiful book. Well thought out, and absolutely gorgeous to look at. This is another book that I am glad I bought the hard copy version rather than the e-book. This is a spiral bound book which I find so useful, especially if you want to use it in the studio. Someone reviewed it on Amazon, complaining that there wasn't enough new techniques in this book. I am not sure how many new techniques there could possible be, but I liked the fact that a lot of the known ones are all contained in this book.

Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop

I really like this book,Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop, by Serena Barton. I have taken an online class from her before, and I liked it, but I think I like this even more!! Each chapter has a Haiku that Serena uses as her inspiration for the piece she is working on, and she includes a technique in each chapter as well. So by the end of the book, you have a lot to think about and inspire you in your own Art. Serena's pieces are lovely, so I am very happy that I chose the hard copybook, rather than the kindle version!

Drawing and Painting People- The Essential Guide

Drawing and Painting People- The Essential Guide, edited by Jeffrey Blocksidge and Mary Burzlaff, is a collection of mini lessons and ideas for drawing and painting people. This book did not get great reviews on Amazon. but I have to say that I really like it. The chapters are pulled from various other NorthLight books, and so I guess if you already own all the other books, you may not want this one. I only owned one of the books, and even with that I loved the way this book is organized.

Daring Adventures in Paint ~ Mati Rose McDonough

I loved this book. I enjoyed reading about Mati Rose's journey as an artist living and working in the Mission District in San Francisco, what she discovered, what influenced and inspired her art.

The color palette she uses is sublime...rich magentas, turquoises, golds, and sea-foam greens. There are some interesting projects, shown step-by-step to take you through her process.

I think this a really lovely book for someone wanting to experiment with adding mixed-media elements into their own artwork.
The photography through-out is totally gorgeous.

Acrylic Revolution ~ Nancy Reyner

This book is a perfect resource for everything Acrylic!

So much inspiration. A vast catalogue of diverse techniques makes it a very comprehensive volume. Includes a detailed glossary of terms, a multitude of different ways to apply and work with acrylic so you can take risks and stretch yourself, and the only book I've come across to date that tells the truth about safety issues/toxicity of the chemicals in acrylic and precautions to take to protect your health.

Highly recommended!

Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers

I admit when I first saw this book Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers, by Mary Beth Shaw, I almost didn't buy it. I am not a cook, and so mixing food recipes in with art recipes didn't really appeal to me. My husband always says that cooking is a creative outlet for some people, but I just don't get that wink.

Acrylic Revolution

I think Acrylic Revolution by Nancy Reyner is a great book to keep in your studio! It is a spral bound book containing 100+ techniques and tips for using Acrylic paints and media. Each page has a different tip or technique. Even if you have experimented, like I have with a lot of them, it is great to have all of them in one place, so that you can thumb through when you need some inspiration. And because of the spiral binding, it is so easy to read the directions if you are a beginner and need to follow them as you work.

Drawing the Eye

Ok- I admit, I was drawn to Draw the Eye by David duChemin, because I thought it was an e-book that would help me in my quest to draw better eyes smiley. It is instead a photgraphy book. It actually sounds like a really good photography book-

DIY solutions for Jewelry Photography

DIY solutions for Jewelry Photography looks like an interesting looking book for those friends who are jewelers. it is an e-book, but with embedded video, where you learn to take photos of jewelry, specifically gem stone jewelry. So, if you sell your jewelry, and want to learn how to photograph it more effectively, you might want to check out this e-book.

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